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"The Big Bang Theory" Pilot (TV Episode 2007) Poster

(TV Series)

(2007)

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Leonard states that the combined IQ of Sheldon and himself is 360. In a later episode of season 1 Sheldon states his IQ as 187 meaning that Leonard's IQ is 173.
Sheldon has the first line in the series.
The scene where Sheldon and Leonard observe Penny through her open apartment door would be repeated as an homage in the series' 100th episode. The characters would even be dressed similarly, right down to Penny wearing the exact same blue top that she wears here.
While Penny has a pleasant outgoing personality, Katie from the unaired pilot opening was meaner and mocked them. Penny does have a temper and some of this personality came over from the first pilot when she's really mad.
Darth Vader Shampoo and Luke Skywalker Shampoo actually exist, but there isn't a conditioner.
This is the second and successful pilot that was produced for CBS. The network passed on the first one. James Burrows directed both pilots, but has not directed any episodes since.
This is the only episode where Raj is seen with a hat.
Sheldon and Leonard are seen drinking bottled orange sodas, which sparked controversy over whether it was beer or not, due to Sheldon's incredibly low alcohol tolerance.
Sheldon worries that his offspring via the sperm bank might not know whether to use a differential or an integral to determine the area under a curve. The correct procedure is to use an integral. A differential would measure the slope of the curve.
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Leonard and Sheldon buy lunch from House of Tandoori, which is a real restaurant in Pasadena.
The name Hofstader was used before by Chuck Lorre, in episode 21 of season 2 of "Dharma & Greg", where Kitty Montgomery receives the "Hofstader award".
The opening scene at the sperm bank was cut for syndication.
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The moment where Sheldon (Jim Parsons) tells Penny (Kaley Cuoco) what they were planning to do for fun was cut when put into syndication.
Penny asks Sheldon if he is one of those 'Beautiful Mind' geniuses. Kaley Cuoco appeared alongside 'Beautiful Mind' star Russell Crowe in the film 'Virtuosity'.
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The experiment discussed by Sheldon at the very beginning of the episode is a quantum version of the well-known "double-slit experiment."
Sheldon uses the term sex when talking to Leonard about Penny. When Howard arrives, he uses the term coitus. In later seasons, the characters would reverse these terms with Sheldon exclusively using coitus.
When the guys first notice Penny, her boom-box is playing the song Smile by Lily Allen.
This episode was taped on February 14, 2007.
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Penny is forced to do a favor for Leonard in "The Killer Robot Instability" (S2E12) after he loses his pants to Kurt.
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Penny says she's from Omaha, Nebraska.
The song that Howard sings in the car at the end is "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" originally recorded by Mac Davis.
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Sheldon reveals that the former transvestite neighbor's name was Louie/Louise. The character appears in a flashback scene in season three.
It is later established that Raj can't talk with Penny in the room. Here he speaks out loud but only when she's not near him.
There is a copy of the Clone Wars video game (X-Box version) on top of Sheldon and Leonard's television.
This episode and the unaired pilot are the only ones to be filmed on 35-mm film. Everything after that was shot on digital video.
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The sign on the wall at the sperm bank reads "Donations Assistance Materials Available."
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There is also a final sales version of the Pilot that was produced in March 2007, it is almost identical to the Broadcast version.
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This is the only time the name of the show is referenced in an episode
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Even in this pilot episode, it is established that Sheldon has a particular spot on the couch that he insists on sitting on all the time.
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Sheldon reveals that he has 212 friends on Myspace.
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Amanda Walsh and Iris Bahr were initially in the running to play Penny.
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Johnny Galecki had previously worked with Chuck Lorre on _Roseanne_.
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This is the only episode in the series whose title does not refer to a scientific theory or phenomenon.
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